Do You Have A Food Addiction?Written by Alex Sharp
Everyone from time to time gets a craving for a certain type of food. Sometimes we just crave something to eat. No real reason, other than to eat. Sometimes this can be because you are bored, or because you seem something suggestive about food. How many times have you seen a television commercial advertising burgers and it made you want one? This is healthy. We all do it. Hell, I'd say that we probably do this several times per week. Did you know, that you can be addicted to food? I know that sounds a little weird, but it is true. How can you tell if you are a food addict? Sometimes it might not be as easy as you think. There are many things that might come in your way of knowing if you are a food addict. You might be depressed or in an emotional downward spiral that will tarnish your ability to see what is going on. Over a period of time, you will be able to tell if you have an eating problem. If nothing else, you will see it in your waist line. It doesn't take a genius to figure that out. What foods are addictive? Well, that is a hard answer. There is no hard answer on what is addictive. It is like saying what is more addictive, beer or whiskey. Though there are a few foods that are extremely addictive. Caffeine. We all know that this is addictive. I'm sure if you are a coffee drinker, you know how you get shakes in morning if you don't have your coffee. Is coffee addiction bad for you? It depends on how much that you drink. If you are drinking a few cups a day, I don't think that it is harmful. If on other hand you are drinking several pots per day, you have a problem. Even though it is addictive, you can control amount that you consume. Unless you have a very addictive personality. If this is case, I would suggest that you avoid coffee and other caffeine containing products all together. Sugar. This is addictive. We try not to think of it as being so, but it is. It is addictive because of jolt of energy that it gives us. If you haven't had your daily truck load of sugar and you feel tired, worn out, cranky, you are going through withdraw. Did you know that heroin addicts that are going through withdraw consume large amounts of sugar? It is said that sugar helps ward off cravings of heroin. Sugar is one of those things that is hard to avoid. The best thing that you can do is avoid candy and other sweets. You will digest some sugar, but if you avoid those things, you will cut out a big portion of your sugar consumption. You should also avoid sodas. They are loaded with sugar.
High Intensity Interval Training: A New Frontier in Fat LossWritten by Nathan Latviatis
Are you exercising for long periods of time to try to burn fat? If you’re like most people you probably are, but there is a better, more efficient way. It’s called “high intensity interval training” (HIIT) and lately it has started to become pretty famous for its obvious health benefits.
-So, just how do you perform HIIT?
Simply put, HIIT is based around this concept: Go fast then go slow. Repeat. You can perform HIIT routines on pretty much any machine you want like a treadmill, elliptical machine, cycling machine, or apply it to almost any sport (swimming, cycling, running). Try to keep bursts of speed at around 90%-100% of max effort.
Here is a sample HIIT routine:
Sprint 20 Seconds
Rest 10 Seconds
Repeat 4-8 Times
Sprint 15 Seconds
Rest 5 Seconds
Repeat 4-6 Times
These are just samples, you can change it however you want (you could even use distance instead of time). Remember though, HIIT is based around concept of fast bursts of work. Also, to continually challenge yourself and also to continually make progress you should increase level of effort required. You could add extra sprint cycles to routine, shorten rest periods, lengthen sprint periods, try to run farther in set amount of time, or (if you are going for distance instead of time), try to complete distance in a shorter amount of time. When starting out on your HIIT routine, don’t kill yourself first time though. You may have to work your way up, don’t be afraid to start out at a low intensity with low sprint times and high rest times.
-What Are Benefits of HIIT?
--Major Increase in Fat Loss
In a study done by Tremblay and other authors, two groups were assigned different training regimens. Group A performed regular moderate intensity cardio (like jogging or bicycling) for 20 weeks and Group B performed a HIIT routine for 15 weeks. In end results of each group were recorded. Group B lost nine times more fat than Group A and in 5 weeks less! (1)
--Increased Lactic Acid Threshold
Lactic acid is that burning sensation you feel when you work a muscle really hard. Lactic acid is a byproduct of processes your body uses to make your muscles work. When too much lactic acid accumulates in muscles, muscles become fatigued. You’re lactic acid threshold is how fast your body can remove lactic acid in your muscles. When your body can remove lactic acid more efficiently, then you can work muscles at a higher intensity for a longer period of time before they become fatigued. --Shorter Workouts